Jaquet Droz Grande Date Bronzite

Angus Davies reveals a strong liking for the Jaquet Droz Grande Date Bronzite, equipped with a very striking and unusual dial. The watch features an off-centre hour and minutes display, paired with a big date.

This detailed review of the Jaquet Droz Grande Date Bronzite includes live images and specification details.

Jaquet Droz Grande Date Bronzite - watch review by ESCAPEMENT

I remember when my children were small, they would push fruit, salad and vegetables around their plates in utter disdain. With maturity they have become a little more accepting of “healthy foods”, but offered a choice of an apple or bar of chocolate, the latter is still more likely to be selected.

Nevertheless, the general public are often told to consume a balanced diet in order to obtain the necessary vitamins and minerals for promoting a health and well-being. It is at this point, I have a confession to make. Contrary to all of the pious advice I proffered to my children, I too, would rather select a bar of chocolate in preference to an apple.

Vitamins and minerals have never offered much interest to me. However, recently I did happen upon a mineral which captured my attention. Jaquet Droz, a brand which seems to have a penchant for creating eye-catching watches has produced a large date watch featuring a dial made of bronzite.

Bronzite is a mineral extracted from the Australian subsoil. It is a ferriferous variety of enstatite and exhibits shades of gold and brown. The mineral is believed by some to promote certainty, decision making and control. Certainly, the bronzite dial imbues this Jaquet Droz timepiece with a unique aesthetic and it was for this reason I felt an overwhelming need to admire its intriguing form more closely.

The dial

The off-centre hour and minutes display is biased towards the upper portion of the dial and framed with a circlet of gold, retained with three thermally blued screws. A silvery-white opaline dial, featuring Roman numerals, provides a note of classicism, augmented by the use of blued lancine hands to impart the time.

Jaquet Droz Grande Date Bronzite - watch review by ESCAPEMENT

 Occupying the southerly aspect of the dial is a large date display, presented via a double window. The apertures of the display are framed in gold and feature elongated arms that span outwards, again retained with thermally blued screws. The arms add a note of grandeur to proceedings and the screws perfectly align with those used on the above hour and minutes display. The result is a masterful demonstration of proportion and design prowess.

Jaquet Droz Grande Date Bronzite - watch review by ESCAPEMENT

The main dial, formed of bronzite, is striking and bestows a sense of individuality to the design. The surface is fascinating, delivering a number of hues including browns, gold, black and cream. Furthermore, as the material is natural, no two dials will quite look the same, providing a degree of uniqueness.

The case

Presented in a red gold case and measuring 43mm in diameter, the scale of the watch is sufficient to ensure ease of read-off.

The crown features a fluted motif adjacent the case band and two stars on its vertical flank.

Jaquet Droz Grande Date Bronzite - watch review by ESCAPEMENT

The case back of the watch incorporates a sapphire crystal according a view of the self-winding movement within.

The movement

The Jaquet Droz 2653G automatic movement is beautifully presented. A 22-carat white gold oscillating mass is adorned with radiating lines, emanating from the hub of the rotor. Beneath the rotor, the finely decorated bridges can be seen, decorated with Côtes de Genève and the brand’s cloverleaf motif.

Jaquet Droz Grande Date Bronzite - watch review by ESCAPEMENT

Beyond the aesthetic beauty of the movement’s finishing, the specification is very impressive. Twin barrels collaborate to deliver an impressive power reserve of 65 hours.

Closing remarks

I freely admit that I have been a long-term admirer of Jaquet Droz. The brand, based in La Chaux-de-Fonds, seems to have a wonderful talent at producing handsome timepieces with a distinct character all of their own. The Grande Date Bronzite proves to be no exception.

The dial canvas, formed of bronzite, is unusual and, to my eyes, very attractive. The various shades of the bronzite harmoniously contrast with the gold case and the black alligator leather strap.

It would seem that finally I have discovered a mineral which does appeal to me. If Jaquet Droz could produce a selection of models with fruity-coloured dials, I may well have a reason to show a passing interest in vitamins too.

Technical Specification

  • Model: Jaquet Droz Grande Date Bronzite
  • Reference: J016933279
  • Case: 18-carat red gold; diameter 43.00 mm; water resistant to 3 bar (30 metres); sapphire crystal to front and caseback.
  • Functions: Hours; minutes; big date.
  • Movement: Jaquet Droz 2653G, self-winding movement; frequency 28,800 vph (4Hz); 35 jewels; Power reserve 65 hours.
  • Strap: Black rolled-edge hand-made alligator leather strap presented on a 18-carat red gold pin buckle.
  • Limited Edition: 88 pieces

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